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Keith J. Knouse, 82, of Burke, Va., and a former St. Marys resident, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 at the home of his daughter, Annette Kohn of Burke, Va., after a lengthy illness.
He was born June 8, 1930 in St. Marys, son of the late Roland â€śTexâ€ť H. and Lavina Klein Knouse. On July 15, 1961 in the St. Maryâ€™s Church, he married Theresia M. Rettger, who preceded him in death on Sept. 11, 2005.
He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of Altoona High School, Class of 1949. He was a retired employee of Quality Components, retiring in 1994 after over 30 years of service.
He was a member of the Sacred Heart Church, where he served as an usher, a USAF Veteran of the Korean War, and was a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by a daughter, Annette Kohn and her husband John of Burke, Va.; a son, Colonel, USAF (Retired) Edgar M. Knouse and his wife Diana Chadwick of Oroklini, Cyprus; five grandchildren, Jonathan Kohn, Keith Kohn, Aaron Kohn, Nigel Knouse and Melissa Barke; three great-grandsons, Graysen Catlett, Christopher Barke and Andrew Barke; a sister, Linda Adair and her husband Thomas of Laughlintown; and two brothers, Russell Knouse of San Antonio, Texas and Donald Knouse of Lilburn, Ga.
Besides his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Paulette Knouse, who died at childbirth; and a sister, Nancy Snelick.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Keith J. Knouse will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Saturday, March 9 at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, pastor, officiating. Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemenâ€™s Burial Detail.
Burial will follow in the St. Maryâ€™s Cemetery.
Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, March 8 from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Alzheimerâ€™s Family Day Center, 2812 Old Lee Highway, Suite 210, Fairfax, VA 22031; or to Capital Caring, 2906 Telestar Court, Falls Church, VA 22042.
Online condolences may be offered at www.lynch-radkowski.com.